Agata & Valentina Close to Opening New Market on the Upper East Side

Agata & Valentina's new store will focus on gluten free, vegan and organic products/Upper East Site
Agata & Valentina's new store will focus on gluten free, vegan and organic products/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – The popular specialty food market Agata & Valentina is expanding their footprint here on the Upper East Side with a new shop set to open very soon directly across the street from the family-owned business’ original First Avenue location.

Upper East Site has learned the new Agata and Valentina will focus primarily on gluten-free, vegan and organic products, likely to include the same type of fresh hand-made foods and baked goods that have made the original market— founded in 1993— an Upper East Side institution.

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The new market, located on the opposite corner of East 79th Street and First Avenue, is being constructed inside a sprawling 2000 square foot space, thoughts not clear how much of that space in the more than 100-year-old building will be dedicated to the shopping area.

Agata & Valentina's new store will focus on gluten free, vegan and organic products/Upper East Site
Agata & Valentina’s new store will focus on gluten free, vegan and organic products/Upper East Site

Still, it is a big departure from the current Agata & Valentina store which can feel cramped and crowded.

Last week, workers could be seen inside the store on ladders, hanging decorative light fixtures from the double-height 23 foot ceilings inside the market, whose massive 16 foot tall windows are now partially uncovered.

Agata & Valentina's original location on First Avenue at East 79th Street/Upper East Site
Agata & Valentina’s original location on First Avenue at East 79th Street/Upper East Site

Agata & Valentina is known for working with artisanal food producers in Italy to bring the best products to the Upper East Side.

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From fresh pasta to deli sandwiches, sushi to decadent pastries, the market has something for everyone— including workers hand stretching fresh mozzarella in-store, in addition to their large imported cheese display. 

Agata & Valentina offers a large selection of pastries/Upper East Site
Agata & Valentina offers a large selection of pastries/Upper East Site

Agata & Valentina tells Upper East Site it does not have a firm grand opening date planned for the new market just yet, but says it will open at some point in March.

Update: Agata & Valentina missed their March opening timeline, but revealed to the New York Times the new store will be opening Thursday, March 14th.

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